Everybody knows you don’t want to be a psychopath, except when you do. Wait, what? Psychologist Kevin Dutton has spent a lot of time studying psychopaths, and he suggests there are places in which psychopathic traits actually come in handy, and may even be required. Like the Olympics.

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So here are the traits according to Dutton. See if they don’t sound like a great athlete:

  • Ruthlessness
  • Fearlessness
  • Mental toughness
  • Coolness under pressure
  • Ability to focus remorselessly on a goal

Hm. Gold medals seem almost inevitable. As long as there’s no issue with aggressiveness and you’re smart enough to use these super-powers for good, that is.